Monthly Archives: November 2019

Donald Trump’s Death Cult

In August of 2005, a time that now feels like ancient history, we began to notice the effects of climate change. A massive hurricane, generated by increasingly unstable weather patterns in the Atlantic slammed into the Gulf Coast. It was the deadliest day in American history since 9/11. According to the most conservative estimates, between […]

Reclaiming Your Inner Fascist

Originally posted on Consent Factory, Inc.:
OK, we need to talk about fascism. Not just any kind of fascism. A particularly insidious kind of fascism. No, not the fascism of the early 20th Century. Not Mussolini’s National Fascist Party. Not Hitler’s NSDAP. Not Francoist fascism or any other kind of organized fascist movement or party.…

The Democratic Debate

Joe Biden: I would only hit a woman in self-defense. Elizabeth Warren: Girls molested by their uncles should be able to have abortions. Bernie: No Rachel I don’t support the Taliban. Buttigieg: I’m not going to invade Mexico like Tulsi says. Also, Tulsi supports Assad. Harris: I know what the word “punked” means, and that […]

The Irishman (2019)

One of the most criticized aspects of Martin Scorese’s critically acclaimed, three and a half hour epic The Irishman is its lack of a female character with a significant speaking role. In an otherwise rapturous review, for example, Matt Zoller Seitz notes that  “Scorsese’s two greatest Mafia pictures, carve out substantial space for wives, girlfriends, […]

Albert Camus on why right wingers want global warming

It’s occurred to me that conservatives aren’t global warming deniers. Rather, they know global warming is a reality, yet they welcome it. They’re a suicidal death cult. Catastrophe brought on by climate change means they’ll not only get to shoot people (like they did during Hurricane Katrina), but that their suicidal, life denying impulses will […]

Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself: A Haiku

We will never know. But still we must be proper in how we say it.  

Skate Kitchen (2018)

When the teenage skate boarder Nina Moran talks about the first time she got on a skateboard, I instantly recognized how she felt, that sense of freedom, of independence, of confidence that comes with moving under your own power. Taking up cycling in my late-30s after a decade’s hiatus almost cured me almost instantly of […]

A Short Haiku For Bill Gates

In light of Bill Gates’ recent comments and the fact that its a cultural given that we hand free things to billionaires, I’ve written a haiku just for him. While I’ve inverted the normal 5-7-5 format, I think this poem still embodies the spirit of concision that animates the form. Without further ado: You have […]

What do Evo Morales and Michael Bloomberg have in common?

They both ran for another term in opposition to existing term limits. NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg won the right to seek re-election as New York’s City Council voted on Thursday to extend the two-term limit for elected officials as the city grapples with the global financial crisis. Bloomberg, a former Wall Street […]

Good News and Bad News

The good news: the attempt by Amazon to get rid of Kshama Sawant in Seattle has failed Seattle’s socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant declared victory Saturday after later vote tallies powered her dramatic comeback. She trailed by a large margin on election night before passing challenger Egan Orion on Friday. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/socialist-kshama-sawant-declares-victory-in-tightly-contested-seattle-city-council-race/ The bad news: There was a successful […]